The Bronx mother, who is accused of fatally stabbing her two young sons, felt “choked” by the boys’ father and believed he was “the devil” because of his tattoos, her father told The Post on Monday.
Dwane Fleming said his daughter, accused murderer Dimone Fleming, 22, called him just hours before Saturday’s gruesome killings and complained about her allegedly suffocating relationship with boyfriend Columbus Canada.
“Two hours before it happened, at 5 a.m., she called me and said she felt suffocated,” Dwane Fleming said. “She couldn’t breathe. She said it was the relationship with Columbus.
“She said she felt like he was the devil, that he had tattoos on his body that related to satanic stuff,” the grandpa said. “She thought he was the devil because of the marks he had on his body.”
Canada scoffed at the claim to The Post on Monday, saying: “None of this is true.
“I have star tattoos,” he said, adding that Fleming was probably hallucinating about other symbols because “she was already in her place, in her mood.
“I am far from the devil,” he said. “I’m nowhere near — always god, man.”
Dimone Fleming, who remains under psychiatric evaluation at St Barnabas Hospital, was charged on Sunday in the deaths of sons Daishawn Fleming, 3, and 11-month-old Octavius Canada, whose bodies were found in a bathtub at a homeless shelter in the Bronx were found.
Law enforcement sources said Sunday that Fleming was possessed by demons and may have killed her young children, believing they were possessed by the devil.
Police said she was arrested just after 7:20 p.m. Saturday for a disturbance at the family’s third-floor home at the shelter. She was found naked trying to start a fire in the kitchen, police officers said.
Officers who responded to the incident failed to realize that the two boys had been brutally stabbed and buried under a pile of clothes in the bathtub.
The unsuspecting police officers went with Fleming after learning from a family friend that the boys were with their father.
Canada went into the apartment after the cops left and made the tragic discovery.
Dwane Fleming, 52, said Canada called him after the slain siblings were found and told him the boys were dead and his daughter had been arrested.
“That didn’t make any sense,” said Grandpa. “I talked to her the whole time. I spoke to her on the phone at least once a week. She never said anything about the guys overpowering her.
‘She said it was him, Columbus was [who] overwhelmed her,” he added. “That he choked her. She wasn’t happy with the relationship.”
Meanwhile, a representative of the family read a statement outside the shelter on Monday.
“We are the Canada and Fleming family,” the statement said. “We are heartbroken by the tragedy that befell our family. Words fail us but we want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers as we continue to seek answers as to why the children were taken from us.
“All family shelters need to become more professional and have more hands[-on] with the safety of the family and with consideration for residents of the shelter across the city,” it said.
“Give us a seat, please. We’re recovering from the loss of Octavius Cyrus Canada and Daishawn Skakur Fleming. We call [NYPD Commissioner} Keechant Sewell, [Mayor] Eric Adams and [city Social Services Commissioner] Gary Jenkins to come forward and find peace for our family.”
Canada was so distraught by the killings that he can barely speak, a family friend said early Monday outside the Mount Hope shelter.
He has been spotted several times outside the shelter, where a memorial has sprung up to honor the two tiny victims, offering his condolences to friends and family.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/28/accused-killer-bronx-mom-dimone-fleming-thought-boyfriend-was-the-devil-her-dad/ Accused killer Bronx mom Dimone Fleming thought her boyfriend was the devil: her father